Michael Moore's Sicko and Our Health Care Crisis
I just saw Michael Moore's health care documentary Sicko on DVD. I, like 50 million other Americans, do not have health insurance. I was turned down due to my pre-existing condition, chronic fatigue syndrome. Never mind that I don't even go to Western doctors to treat that anymore and I'd only use the insurance for catastrophic problems; I'm uninsurable.
I do get concerned sometimes about something drastic happening, but judging from the film, even if you do have health insurance, the insurance companies will do everything they can to get out of paying. So what's the point? I get my care from alternative doctors and acupuncturists, and the insurance wouldn't cover that anyway. I just pay for it out of pocket.
We definitely need a better system. My suggestion would be to have free health care ala public schools and then private health care for those who want the deluxe version. Of course the free health care would not be the best, but it's better than nothing.
What's more important to me personally, however, is having a lifestyle that supports my health, so I won't need to go to a doctor. Energy healing, yoga, and meditation are the ways I keep myself healthy. I do not have a strict diet but I try to eat moderately and add greens as much as I can. (Fresh spinach is my favorite and works well as a salad, in an omelette with cheese, and thrown into a variety of dishes from pasta to stir fry to chicken salad.)
If Americans want to spend less on health care, they should stop waiting for our government to fix things. As we've seen, our government is pretty pathetic when it comes to actually getting things done on a large scale. On a personal scale, we can exercise, eat right, and treat our bodies with respect. We can reduce our stress. We can incorporate positive things into our lives that make us happier and thus healthier.
That, to me, is the best insurance, and it won't send a representative over to your house trying to find reasons to stiff you after the fact.